Spring in Korea: Cherry Blossom Korea 2018 Forecast

Here’s your ultimate guide to spring in Korea! Read on to find out when and where to see the beautiful spring blossoms across Korea.

Spring in Korea

In Korea, spring falls in the months of March, April, and May. Offering gentle breezes and warm weather with the beautiful blossoms, spring is surely the best time to visit Korea. Especially mid-March to early April is the season in which a lot of international visitors, as well as locals, go on a trip to capture the fascinating scenery of spring flowers.

Although their peaks differ depending on each flower, most of the spring blossoms usually last only up to 10 days after the date of the first bloom. For sure, it is wise to see the forecast first before planning your spring blossom trip if you don’t want to miss out on incredible spring colors in Korea.

Spring in Korea – Weather & What to Wear

Couple riding bikes on the cherry blossom road in Gyeongju

| Weather: Mostly sunny with warm afternoon highs. Huge difference in day and night temperatures.

| Temperatures: 

  • March – Average 6°C (42°F); High 10°C (51°F); Low 2°C (36°F)
  • April – Average 13°C (55°F); High 18°C (64°F); Low 8°C (46°F)
  • May – Average 18°C (64°F); High 23°C (73°F); Low 13°C (55°F)

Check the weather forecast here for accurate weather information and an indication of rain.

| What to wear: A warm, lightweight jacket, or winter coat (in March), long-sleeved T-shirts or sweatshirts, cardigans, and an umbrella in case of rain.

Dress in multiple layers for changing temperatures.

2018 Korea Spring Blossom Map & Forecast


Typically, Korea’s spring blossom season starts from mid-March with Maehwa (plum blossom) and Sansuyu (cornelian cherry) flowers followed by cherry blossoms and other spring flowers. Usually, Korea’s spring blossoms start bursting into bloom from the southern part of Korea and then the peak moves up to the northern region after.

Below is the date of first bloom for Korea’s spring flowers. Please note that plum blossoms, cornelian cherry flowers, and cherry blossoms reach their peaks in a week and last only about 10 days after the first bloom. However, canola flowers in Jeju Island start to bloom in late February and continue to flourish throughout March to April, and azaleas in Goryeosan Mountain in Gangwhado, Incheon remain thriving in the whole month of April.

Destination Date of First Bloom
Gwangyang Maehwa (plum blossom) March 17
Gurye Sansuyu (cornelian cherry) March 17
Jeju Island Cherry Blossom March 25
Jeju Island Canola Flower Late February
Jinhae Cherry Blossom March 26
Busan Cherry Blossom March 27
Gyeongju Cherry Blossom March 28
Hadong (Hwagae) Cherry Blossom April 1
Ganghwado Azalea April 1
Jeonju Cherry Blossom April 4
Gangneung Cherry Blossom April 8
Seoul Cherry Blossom April 9

*Spring blossom forecast information provided by 153weather.

Best Spring Blossom Destinations in Korea

One of the best ways to experience the spring blossom season in Korea is to visit the spring flower festivals held across the country. Here’s our pick of the top 7 festivals for your spring blossom day out. Take a close look at each destination below and start planning your trip!

1. Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival

Gwangyang Maehwa Village, Gwangyang, Korea

▲ Festival period: March 17 – 25
▲ Where: Gwangyang, South Jeolla Province (southwest of Korea)

Gwangyang Maehwa Village, also known as Seomjin Village, is a charming local village tucked in the city of Gwangyang at the downstream of Seomjin River, the cleanest water among Korea’s 5 largest rivers. Every spring, the picturesque view of more than 100,000 plum trees covering the hilly Seomjin Village bursting into bloom fascinates both local and international visitors.

Take a peep at Trazy Crew’s review & tips on Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival

By taking a day trip to Gwangyang Maehwa Village, you can stroll around the huge plum blossom farm where the whole mountain has turned into a vast orchard by the 50-year devotion of a female farmer.

| Gwangyang International Maehwa Festival One Day Tour from Seoul

2. Gurye Sansuyu Festival

Gurye Sansuyu Village, Gurye, Korea

▲ Festival period: March 17 – 25
▲ Where: Gurye, South Jeolla Province (southwest of Korea)

Another popular destination for an early spring flower festival is Gurye Sansuyu Village. As its name gives away, during the spring festival season, the sansuyu (cornelian cherry) trees paint the village with its bright yellow flowers.

Take a trip down south to Gurye Sansuyu Festival and dive into the colorful spring vibes offered by the breathtaking scenery and various activities at the experience booths.

| Gurye Sansuyu Festival One Day Tour from Seoul

For those who have only one day to spare but wish to visit both spring flower festivals in South Jeolla Province, here is an option for you. With Trazy, you can visit both festivals in one day!

| Gwangyang Maehwa & Gurye Sansuyu Festival Day Tour from Seoul/Busan

3. Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

Yeojwacheon Stream during Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival

▲ Festival period: April 1 – 10
▲ Where: Jinhae-gu, Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)

Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival is by far the largest cherry blossom festival in Korea. From April 1 to 10, you’ll be able to enjoy the very best cherry blossoms in the city of Changwon.

Check out Trazy’s ultimate guide to Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival!

Walking along Yeojwacheon Bridge, widely known as the Romance Bridge, you will admire a view of beautiful cherry blossoms and their reflections on the stream. To take utterly instagrammable photos, head to Gyeonghwa Station. You’ll be in awe of the scenery of the cherry blossom trees endlessly stretched out along the railway.

From Seoul
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour 
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour by KTX Train 
| 2D1N Busan & Jinhae Cherry Blossom Tour

From Busan
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour
| Jinhae Cherry Blossom Festival Evening Tour

4. Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival

Hwagae Cherry Blossom Road between Ssanggyesa Temple and Hawgaejangteo Market

▲ Festival period: April 7 – 8
▲ Where: Hadong, South Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)

Early April every year, the Simni Cherry Blossom Road, the 4 km road that connects Ssanggyesa Temple and Hwagaejangteo Market, is filled with 1,200 cherry blossom trees in full bloom. To capture this scenic view, people from all over Korea take a trip to this small village in Hadong, Gyeongsangnamdo (South Gyeongsang) Province and have an unforgettable moment with their beloved people.

Click to read Trazy Crew’s review and tips on Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival.

By visiting Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival, you can walk under the dazzling cherry blossom arch alongside the lush green tea fields and murmuring stream. Also, take a chance to peep into the traditional Korean market laid at the end of the cherry blossom road.

While the festival with events and activities is to take place for 2 days on April 7 & 8, the flowers are forecast to bloom from April 1.

| Hwagae Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour from Seoul

5. Jeju Island Cherry Blossom / Canola Flower

Cherry blossoms and canola flowers in full bloom

▲ Best time to visit: For Canola flowers March / Cherry blossoms  March 25 – April 1
▲ Where: Jeju Island

While the spring season in Jeju Island spans from March to May in general, the peak season lasts from mid-March until early April where you can fully enjoy the stunning cherry blossoms and canola flowers at the same time!

Visit Mount Sanbansan and Seongsan Ilchulbong Sunrise Peak to marvel at the natural wonders Jeju Island has to offer in the spring season. Also, don’t forget to take a look at gardens such as Hallim Park and Camellia Hill to see how man-made artifacts and human-grown plants are arranged in harmony with Jeju’s nature.

You can conveniently travel Jeju Island by taxi or tour to visit only the best spring destinations without a hassle.

| Jeju Taxi Tour to Spring Flower Destinations
| One Day Small Group Van Tour
| One Day Bus Tour
| 3D2N/4D3N Hotel + Taxi/Van Tour

6. Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival

Bomun Lake, Gyeongju

▲ Festival period: April 6 – 15
▲ Where: Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)

The picture-perfect Bomun Lake in Gyeongju, a historic city in the southern part of Korea, shows off its best every April when 9,000 cherry trees around the lake burst into bloom. Take a walk or cycle along the 8km-long cherry tree-lined path around the lake. You can also rent out a cute duck boat to paddle on the lake.

Here, you can read Trazy Crew’s review and tips on Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival.

From Seoul
| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour 

From Busan
| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival One Day Tour 
| Gyeongju Cherry Blossom Festival Private Tour 

7. Seoul Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival

Yunjungno Street in Yeouido, Seoul

▲ Festival period: TBD
▲ Best time to visit: April 9 – 15
▲ Where: Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province (southeast of Korea)

Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival is the most famous cherry blossom festival in Seoul. It has a nice scenery and many cherry blossom trees with lots of people on the street. Since the street lies along the Han River, you can walk under the arch of pinkish white cherry blossoms with the spring breezes from the river.

| Seoul Yeouido Cherry Blossom Walking Tour

By Trazy’s Yeouido cherry blossom walking tour, you can visit the best spots of Yeouido Cherry Blossom Festival. Plus, you’ll be able to look around popular attractions in Yeouido such as 63 Sky Art, Aqua Planet 63, and Han River Cruise.

Where else to Catch Spring Flowers in Korea?

Goryeosan Azalea Festival

Goryeosan Mountain in Ganghwa, Incheon

▲ Festival period: April 14 – 22
▲ Best time to visit:  The whole month of April
▲ Where: Goryeosan Mountain, Incheon

Don’t be disappointed even if you land in Korea after the cherry blossoms are gone. After the cherry blossom season, pink and purple azaleas explode in spectacular bloom in Korea. If you are thumbing through guidebooks searching for the best place to see these breathtaking azaleas, Goryeosan Mountain Azalea Festival is the perfect place to be!

Check out Trazy Crew’s review and tips on Goryeosan Azalea Festival

| Goryeosan Azalea Festival One Day Tour from Seoul

For more ideas for your spring trip to Korea, make sure you visit Trazy.com, Korea’s #1 Travel Shop!

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